Sam Critchlow at Leicestershire bedmaker Get Laid Beds offers some tips of what to look for when buying a bed frame.
Wooden bed frames are a great choice if you're looking for a product that will last you for decades. But not all wood frames are created equal, so it's worth doing a bit of research and due diligence so you don't buy a frame that could be liable to break due to things such as weak joints or unsuitable timber. Or in the case of a friend who rents out a room on Airbnb...a large German guest who came embarrassed into the kitchen saying “I've just broken the bed. But I just sat down on it so I don't know what happened....”
Many wooden bed frames are made from solid Scandinavian pine - though some manufacturers use aesthetically-pleasing hardwoods and these can make a more sophisticated/ luxurious looking bed. Some of the most popular hardwoods include oak, cherry and ash and they make for very durable, sleek and stylish bed frames. And certainly with our customers, we've noticed they love hardwoods too because they may well already have pieces of furniture in those woods, so an oak or ash beds fit effortlessly into their decoration schemes.
But whatever your budget, there are several key factors to consider:
What timber has the bedmaker used, and is it from sustainable forests? There's still a lot of illegal logging going on, so it's advisable to go for wood from managed forests in the EU..and if the wood is FSC or PEFC-certified, so much the better. Try to find companies that have these certifications as it shows they're more environmentally aware. Some firms even promise to plant new trees for every felled one they use.